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We herein report a case of aceruloplasminemia in a 27-year-old man who had a 10-year history of diabetes mellitus. The patient developed a convulsion, most likely as a result of hypoglycemia. Unexpectedly, this episode left him in a prolonged state of unconsciousness, which necessitated neurological testing and imaging. Brain MRI showed bilateral(More)
The frequency of autosomal-dominant cerebellar ataxia (ADCA) subtypes was examined in 86 unrelated families originating from Nagano prefecture. In Nagano, the prevalence of spinocerebellar degeneration (SCD) was approximately 22 per 100,000 population. Among ADCA families, SCA6 was the most prevalent subtype (16 families, 19%), followed by DRPLA (nine(More)
The molecular bases of autosomal dominant cerebellar ataxia (ADCA) have been increasingly elucidated, but 17-50% of ADCA families still remain genetically undefined in Japan. In this study we investigated 67 genetically undefined ADCA families from the Nagano prefecture, and found that 63 patients from 51 families possessed the -16C>T change in the(More)
A 59-year-old woman was diagnosed with incomplete type Behçet's syndrome in 1994. The patient was hospitalized with pharyngitis and fever in August 2000, and was treated using non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Symptoms improved and she was discharged. After only 3 weeks, she reported swallowing disturbance due to retrosternal pain.(More)
16q22.1-linked autosomal dominant cerebellar ataxia (16q-ADCA) is a recently defined subtype of ADCA identified by a disease-specific C/T substitution in the 5′ untranslated region of the puratrophin-1 gene. In Nagano, the central mountainous district of the main island of Japan, 16q-ADCA and spinocerebellar ataxia type 6 (SCA6) are the most and second most(More)
A 14-year-old girl, homozygous for an insertion mutation of aprataxin (APTX), 689 ins T, is described. She presented with severe generalized dystonia, ataxia, ocular motor apraxia, and areflexia. The dystonia of this patient suggests involvement of the basal ganglia or thalamus, along with clinical diversity in this disorder.
We report a 71-year-old man with reactive AA amyloidosis secondary to rheumatoid arthritis who developed spontaneous pneumoperitoneum with intestinal pseudo-obstruction as an initial symptom. Severe deposition of amyloid in the intestinal wall was considered to play an important role in the pathogenesis of this unusual symptom. The patient has been(More)
We here report on a Japanese family with congenital fibrosis of the extraocular muscles (CFEOM) syndrome associated with slowly progressive cerebellar ataxia. The pedigree indicated autosomal dominant inheritance. All affected individuals showed a complete loss of upgaze function with ptosis, and severe or moderate restriction of downgaze function probably(More)
The objectives of the present study were to observe the temporal pattern of avian influenza virus (AIV) introduction into Japan and to determine which migratory birds play an important role in introducing AIV. In total, 19,407 fecal samples from migratory birds were collected at 52 sites between October 2008 and May 2015. Total nucleic acids extracted from(More)